John Klingberg has spent all 8 of his season in the NHL with the Dallas Stars, but it seems their time together has come to an end. Klingberg was drafted 131st overall in the 2010 draft by the Dallas Stars, and played his first game for the club in the NHL in the 2014-2015 season. The 29 year old defenseman played 552 games with the Stars, scoring 71 goals and assisting 303 goals for a total of 374 points. 148 of his points have come on the powerplay, and he had 213 PIMs in his career.
Last season Klingberg had great offensive production with 47 points in 74 games, but really struggled on the defensive end of the ice. He had the 5th most giveaways in the league (86), was 14th on the TEAM for takeaways with 16 takeaways, to put that in perspective, Robertson had 48, and Heiskanen had 45 takeaways. (data from Moneypuck)
Klingberg’s offensive game is very good, one of the best in the league for defenseman, but he needs a partner that is a defensive defenseman who can cover for him often throughout a game.
Here is his player card from JFreshHockey:
The numbers clearly show a struggle in the defensive end of the ice for Klingberg, specifically in entry denials and carry prevention.
The Dallas Stars initially tried to find a deal with the defenseman, but ultimately they couldn’t find something that worked. Dallas Stars assistant GM Scott White spoke on the situation, saying this:
“We’ve had constant communication with John Klingberg for a long time. At the end of the day, we have a salary cap to deal with. Just didn’t work.”
The Stars still need to re-sign young star player Jason Robertson, who certainly won’t be cheap, as well as young goaltender Jake Oettinger. With only around $11M in cap space, the likelihood of Klingberg staying was fairly low unless a trade was made to create cap space.
According to Jeff Marak, earlier in the season during contract talks, Klingberg was looking to sign deal in the 8 year ranger with a value around $62M to $66M.
The Detroit Red Wings have been seen as a potential landing spot for the defenseman per Jeff Marek, but he doesn’t believe the Red Wings are willing to give Klingberg the long term contract he is looking for. The Red Wings still have about $10M in cap space, so they certainly have the room for him, but Yzerman certainly doesn’t want to make the mistake of giving a defenseman a long term contract. We have seen how other defenseman with long term contracts have panned out with the likes of Erik Karlsson ($11.5M), Drew Doughty ($11M), and Oliver Ekman-Larsson ($7.25M) all struggling to live up to the price tags.
Other teams with some cap space left that may be looking at Klingberg are the New York Islanders, the Seattle Kraken, and the Ottawa Senators. It is unlikely that any of these teams would offer him the long term deal he wants, but overall the reports have been quiet and there is certainly nothing concrete out there about where Klingberg might end up, but it has been reported that he is in talks with multiple teams.
As reported hre by David Pagnotta, the deal WILL NOT be a one year deal.